Particularly in challenging times, we recognise GCs have to balance dealing with a wide range of proactive and reactive legal issues and risk management on behalf of your organisation, whilst also dealing with the operational side of the role such as running a team, supplier management, systems, processes and technology.

Now more than ever, GCs are tackling unprecedented conversations and situations around business continuity, financial commitments and supply chain matters as well as HR related queries from colleagues and managers concerning flexible working patterns and possible reductions in headcount. We know that your teams are often stretched with competing priorities, balancing routine work alongside strategic projects, and this is even more challenging in the current climate. It’s a role with a huge amount of pressure and responsibility – which can sometimes make it a lonely one.

Our services

We can provide solutions for your senior leadership teams.

Online expertise

Our lawyers are on hand to help with the constantly changing environment businesses are grappling with at this difficult time.

Providing business continuity advice

Our business recovery team seek to offer solutions for business owners who face demands and uncertainty whilst trying to fulfil their directors’ duties and responsibilities.

Team Support

We offer rapid, virtual access to executive-level coaches and mentors, management advisory and skills coaching webinars. With many years’ experience of PSFs and broader commercial environments, we provide 1-2-1 support to help you resolve issues in a confidential and clear-headed way.


We act as a sounding board or triage service so you can bounce ideas around in confidence.

Virtual meetings

We seek to maximise our technology by arranging interactive video meetings for technical legal advice or providing coaching.

Direct access

A more permanent solution providing access to lawyers who can support with sensitive matters pragmatically and in a way which mirrors the organisation’s culture.

Webinars & roundtables

Through video, we bring specialist lawyers together with key decision makers across businesses to identify solutions for challenges and concerns.

Why choose Foot Anstey?

Foot Anstey’s General Counsel services model takes a unique approach to working with you and helping you to address these challenges. Our team have first hand experience of the ever-changing nature of the in-house legal world so we have some appreciation of what challenges you are currently facing. We would be happy to offer you a single point of contact on a short term basis over the coming weeks as additional resource, to provide advice and support on the issues you are trying to address. This service is a virtual offering for now, either through video meetings or phone calls and emails, in light of the current government guidance regarding non-essential travel.

As part of our General Counsel services offering we deliver a broad range of commercial legal services in a bespoke and flexible model that works for you, ensuring we provide cost certainty throughout. Whatever the approach we take, we’ll always provide you with clear legal advice delivered in a manner that suits your audiences so it can be delivered immediately to the end user. We’ll also provide regular reporting and highlight common issues or efficiencies so that your legal function can continue to add value to your business as it navigates its way through this period of uncertainty.

Our people

Our team have first-hand in-house experience whether as former General Counsels or having held long term in-house secondments or acting as an external General Counsel on behalf of our clients.

Meet our team

Key contacts

General Counsel Forum

As well as our General Counsel services legal offering we also run a General Counsel Forum in collaboration with a leading in-house GC who chairs the group. This forum is made up of members from leading businesses across the South West, South Coast and Wales and meets three times a year to discuss pertinent issues and topics.

Recent sessions have covered reputation management, legal operations and mental health at work.

Please contact Mark Rhys-Jones or Alexandra Hammond to learn more.

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